I love upcycling stuff, so why not use an old sock or sweater to create a pumpkin? This stuffed sock pumpkin is beautiful, easy to make, affordable, and most of all, it is super simple to customize. Make this little pumpkin decoration as a gift, to put on your table, mantle, or to top a package with for a fun fall creation!

Seasonal paper topped with white doily and striped pumpkin

Stuffed Sock Pumpkin

When you look to what you have on hand to create with, sometimes inspiration hits and you find yourself using items that might otherwise never make it into your crafting. An old sweater with a hole but cute striped arms can be turned into a pumpkin when stuffed with rice. No sweater around? Check that bin of socks without mates!

This easy craft is just one of the many ways I like using old socks. In fact, here is a list of frugal ways to use mismatched socks, and even a whole list of sock toys you can make for the kids! We have even made rice-filled sock Scandanvaian gnomes and sock bunnies for holidays!

Red and blue plaid fabric underneath whole pecans and striped fabric pumpkin

What Should I Stuff the Sock With?

For this, I used rice to stuff the sock. Rice is a great choice since it is so cheap and probably already on hand. Other options include dry beans, lentils, or styrofoam beads. When using foodstuff, remember that sometimes those items can get weevils, so if keeping the pumpkin for the long term, you may want to invest in the styrofoam beads.

Another option is to stuff it with scrap fabric, yarn, or even some newspaper or scrap paper crumpled into a ball. While a softer material is nice, it just needs to be filled to a rounded shape. Even a styrofoam ball could work inside the sock if you wanted something more solid.

Orange and white striped pumpkin on seasonal themed paper

What Are the Best Socks for Making Pumpkins?

The best socks are the ones you already have that don’t have a match. Of course, when making a pumpkin, you might automatically think it should be orange, but that’s not the case. There are tons of gorgeous pumpkins in a number of colors. I love the rich jewel tones of fall and have seen beautiful displays that included forest green, navy, maroon, and even shades of black with gold accents.

The only other thing to consider is if the sock is thick enough that items won’t fall out of it or through cracks. The sweater shown for this has a looser weave, but it is still thick enough no rice falls out. A solid fabric may be better than hand crochet or knitted choice if using small items like rice as stuffing.

Orange and white striped fabric pumpkin sitting on yellow paper

What All Can I Use for the Pumpkin Stem?

I tend to go for natural elements when doing fall decor projects, so I grabbed a small branch and cut a piece to use. That’s not the only option, however. Below are some ideas that make perfect stems on your pumpkin!

  • Small piece of wood, twig, or a branch.
  • Wine cork.
  • Pecan, walnut, or almond in its shell.
  • An extra-large bead or pom pom.
  • Raffia wrapped together to create a thick “stick”.
  • Small drawer knobs or pulls.

Fabric pumpkin on brown table with fake leaves

How Can I Decorate Using This Pumpkin?

Throughout fall you see pumpkins used everywhere for home decor. Whether it’s on the wreath at your front door or you find it sitting on a table with other fall elements, it’s the classic fall seasonal decor item. This pumpkin can easily fit into all of those things, and below are a few of the ways you can decorate using your stuffed sock pumpkin this year.

  • Add to the mantle, bookcase, or shelf, along with other fall-themed decor items.
  • Use as part of a side table or dining table centerpiece. Great if you make multiple similar in different sizes.
  • Attach to a wreath.
  • Hang from the ceiling with fishing line as part of a fall-themed party or event.

Orange and white striped fabric pumpkin on white table

How Can I Make This Pumpkin Look Fancier?

While I adore the rustic look most of the time, there are some days when something a bit more upscale is needed. In this case, the pumpkin may look a bit rustic now, but a few changes can make a huge difference. Especially if you swap out the colors.

I love the idea of using different fabrics of socks. A velvet texture from a sweater sleeve would be excellent, while an argyle sock would present a whole new look or style.

Other additions are to dip the stem, vine pieces in glitter so they sparkle, spray the entire thing with glitter spray, or add sparkling twine over the rubber bands as accents.

Orange and white striped pumpkin on checked tablecloth

Supplies Needed

White sweater bowl of rice and scissors on orange table

How to Make a Stuffed Sock Pumpkin

If using a sock, skip the first step.

Cut an 8″ length of the sleeve from a sweater.

Hand cutting sleeve from sweater with blue scissors

Using needle and thread, sew up one end of the sleeve creating a “sock”.

Hand cutting thread with blue scissors

Fill the sock with rice until it is large enough to form a ball shape.

Hand stuffing rice into orange and white striped sock

Sew, through the sock just above the fil line for the rice, then tie yarn or additional thread around to secure.

Stuffed sock being tied off at top with thread

Trim off any excess fabric.

Blue scissors cutting extra fabric off top of sock

Wrap the ball with rubber bands creating the indentations of a pumpkin. Press and flatten down until a pumpkin shape forms.

On a piece of brown foam paper, draw a leaf shape. Cut this out and attach it to the top center of the pumpkin with glue.

Hand using blue scissors to cut leaf shape from brown paper

Use a pencil to wrap pipe cleaners or moldable wire to create a “spring” shape for the vine.

Twisting wire around pencil

Add a short twig to the center of the pumpkin for the stem.

Gluing stick to top of pumpkin

Then, glue the wire springs beside the twig.

Gluing spring vine to top of fabric pumpkin

Display as desired.

Woman in black pants holding orange and white striped fabric pumpkin

More Pumpkin Crafts for Fall

Whether you want pumpkin decor or just love the flavor of pumpkin spice throughout the season, this fall your life is going to be overflowing with pumpkin everything. Below are a few more of my favorite pumpkin home decor ideas. Make sure you bookmark, pin or print these tutorials to make this fall for your own home!

Yield: 1

Orange and white striped fabric pumpkin sitting on yellow paper

Grab that unmatched sock and turn it into an adorable little stuffed sock pumpkin just in time for fall decorating!

Active Time
20 minutes

Total Time
20 minutes

Difficulty
Easy

Estimated Cost
$2

Notes

Instead of sewing the top of the sock closed, use a rubber band and ribbon to tie off securely.

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Finished Project Gallery

Blue plaid fabric with pecans in shell and stuffed pumpkin

Make these in various sizes to create your own unique pumpkin patch on your mantle.

Striped fabric pumpkin sitting on fall seasonal paper

Use socks, sweater sleeves, or scrap fabric to create your pumpkin.

Striped fabric pumpkin on tan burlap with fake leaves

These can be used from August to November as decor for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Stuffed sock pumpkin on gold surface

Add to natural elements as a centerpiece at your Thanksgiving table.

Fabric pumpkin sitting on wood slice



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PAUL WALKER

PAUL WALKER

Editor of the online magazine The Detailed Edge.
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